So you're thinking about getting an air fryer?
GET ONE!!! After reciving mine for christmas I can say with 100% accuracy that it was one of the best gifts I got this year! Other then the health benefits of cooking with less (umm- NO )oil, this little machine cooks foods quickly while leaving things like chicken crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, like fries? Get crunch fluffy fries without the added oils and fats of frying!
One of the first foods we tried was chicken wings, and truth be told, I don't think we'll be cooking them any other way from now on. One bag of wings took about 40 minutes, since we did them in 2 different batches, they couldn't have been easier to make. All I had to do was toss them in some wing breading (we used hooters plain wing breading) and then layer them in the cooking cavity of my new Air Fryer XL. I used the chicken setting and the timer was set for 20 minutes. About 10 minutes in I tossed the wings around a bit to allow them to cook and brown evenly, and cooked them the rest of the way. Then did the same with the 2nd batch. At this point they were ready to eat.
*Side note: you can toss your wings in any sauce you like, and them throw them back in the air fryer for a few moments to caramelize the sugars in your sauces.
I know some of you came looking for a recipe, so here it goes:
1. Toss wings in flour based breading of your choice.
2. Place wings in a single layer flat in the bottom of your air fryer cooking cavity.
3. Cook at 360* for about 20 minutes, tossing wings halfway through to get even browning.
4. pour into a bowl and toss with your favorite sauce if desired.
5. *Optional- place wings back in air fryer for about 5 minutes to caramelize sugars in sauce.
Yes it really is THAT easy!
Did you know you can make CHIPS in this thing??
Ok y'all, Florida finally got the memo that it's fall and I've been enjoying the weather this morning. Sitting on the deck with my tea, I got the grand idea to make breakfast, but if you know anything about me, I wouldn't be satisfied with something like scrambled eggs and toast. Looking through the pantry I found a can of apple pie filling and decided to whip up something delicious.
4 slices of white bread
2 Tablespoons country style apple pie filling
1 Teaspoon brown sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 C White granulated Sugar
Butter or Oil for pan frying
I c About a week ago I was walking through one of my favorite -But overly priced home decor stores and saw these leaf place mats that I fell in love with, However $6 - $8 per piece was a no go, especially if you needed quite a few of them for a larger family event such as Thanksgiving dinner. Ours were made for about $1.50 per piece and that included 1 bag of fall maple leafs from dollar tree and a piece of felt that was 2 for $1 at a craft store. You don't NEED the felt but I thought it gave a nicer and more expensive feel then using something like card stock or cardboard. I can't wait to see how these look on our family table, with all the traditional thanksgiving offerings around it. I honestly think ours looks better then the ones from the other store. ;)
For each placemat you will need:
⦁ 1 Piece Orange felt
⦁ Silk/Fabric leaves
⦁ Hot glue/e6000
Measure a dinner plate against the felt to use as a base & cut into a circle
start on the outer edge and layer leaves in a spiral pattern overlapping the leaves slightly as you go.
Allow glue to dry and enjoy your new decor!
I've been a long time llama lover, at least since The Emperors New Groove was released, so when my niece became a llama lover too, I was over the moon, though I was a little bummed that my favorite animal was becoming so popular all around, it was a catch 22, I hate feeling like I'm just following a trend, llamas were mine first! LOL But at the same time all the llama/alpaca merch that has been released has been AMAZING! Stickers to statues, it's all there! When it came time for my nieces birthday she only had one request, to visit an alpaca farm, and for those that didn't know Llamas and Alpacas are 2 different animals- while cousins they have different and distinct features.
⦁ Ears- llamas have long ears while alpacas have shorter more pointed ears
⦁ Body- llamas can weigh up to 400lbs, while alpacas are much smaller at about 150lbs
⦁ Fur- llama fleece tends to be course while alpaca fur is soft and luscious
⦁ Temperament- llamas are more herd guards and are much braver then their timid alpaca cousins who need the protection of the herd.
When we arrived at Alpaca Magic U.S.A we entered onto a nice piece of property with the main housing up front, and the farm/store areas towards the back. Alpacas grazed and looked up to say hello to their human visitors, and there was even a chicken wandering just doing his thing. The area around the store and animal pens had a secret garden feel to me, where you never knew what treasures you would see laying around re purposed into whimsical garden decor. Entering into the shop, felt much like walking into grandmas house (I seriously wanted to stop and have a glass of sweet tea on the porch) filled with all kinds of items made with alpaca fleece there was something for everyone at this wonderful store. Every shelf, table, and hanging space was filled with soft inviting items from hair ties, to socks, belts, finished alpaca fiber yarn, and even alpaca purses (yes, a purse made from alpaca fleece, made to look like an alpaca)
Upon leaving the store you could walk across to one of the main pens that held the female alpacas and sit at their dinner table. While they don't really like being touched (mainly because they have no forms of self defense) they were very much trusting at happy to share the table. After patiently waiting and slowly approaching my niece finally got her chance, one of the Alpacas had decided to lay down and rest, and my niece took her chance to kneel down, and make her dreams come true, she was petting a real live alpaca!!
We spent about 2 hrs at the farm all together, and it made for some great memories, so if you are even in Homosassa,FL be sure to visit
Alpaca Magic U.S.A.
4920 W Grover Cleveland Blvd
Homosassa, FL 34446
FALL IS HERE! FALL IS HERE!! Fall is oficially here, and with that brings in all kinds of amazing flavors and scents. Yes of course there is pumpkin spice, be all too often we forget about the warmth that other flavors like cinnamon, maple, nutmeg and cardamom bring us.
Since fall has come, but the fall weather here in Florida has not, I found myself craving the flavor of fall, without having to have the hot breakfast that most people look for this time of year, and while browsing the yogurt section of my local grocery I found it! Chobani has out a maple blended Greek yogurt that was just calling me. (And I'll be honest, I'm not crazy about Greek yogurt, it's always too "sour" tasting when eaten alone so I usually always combine it with something or use it in a smoothie.)
1 C Quick Cook Oats
1 C Maple Blended Greek Yogurt
1 Diced Pear
1 tsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2- 1 C Unsweet Almond Milk (or your favorite milk or milk alternative)
Toss pear, brown sugar, & cinnamon in a hot pan until softened.
Combine all ingredients together and shake jar. Place in fridge over night & enjoy the next morning (or the morning after that, I've often made 3-4 jars in advance with no problems or changes to the flavor)
If you prefer hot oats, simply pour into a microwave safe container and heat as you would other hot oat cereals.
Having been a long time fan of Redman I thought I knew what to expect from Glory Song, and I am happy to say it did not dissapoint! Filled Praise and Worship music that is sure to echo song by song through modern Christian worship services, and radio stations alike, the music is catchy and filled with hope- which is exactly what the world needs today.
Matthew's past as a church planter, ministry leader and worship leader is evident through every album he releases and Glory Song is no different, Songs like Gracefully Broken which states "Here I am, God. Arms wide open, Pouring ouf my life Gracefully broke" are clear communications to God the father that we all have on our heart, and through this album Redman makes worship anywhere easy and possible.
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It's been about 3 weeks since hurricane Irma came through and kicked us out of our homes, forcing us to make decisions no one should ever HAVE to make. With the severity of the storm that was to over take us, many of use were left wondering if we would even have houses to come home to- we wondered if our home would be there when the sun rose on Monday morning.
Late that Friday night I started packing, things like medications, water & emergency food supplies, flashlights & batteries were a given. By early Saturday morning I stood looking around my house, trying to think about what I really needed and what I could do without for a few days, but it went beyond that. It wasn't as if I was going on vacation, I had to make decisions within a matter of hours of what things would I be hurt to lose, what of all my belongings would devastate me to no longer have.
My husband of course gathered his game systems, for me it was some momentos of lost loved ones- and treasured items from others still alive- a picture my grandmother colored with me and had signed her name to, a stuffed llama a family friend had given me, a Disney World frame that reminded me of all our family vacations, a blanket that kept my mother warm through her battle with cancer (that she had one) and that had seen me through the good & the bad in my life. But then the time came to have my son pack his posessions. Even at 5 I wanted him to know that there was a chance we wouldn't have a home to come back to and he should gather the toys the meant the most to him.
We left Saturday afternoon, thankfully a friend of the family had offered her home in a much safer and stable location that allowed us to take our pets, But loading up the car and driving away from my home was one of the hardest things I'd ever done, it was such a heart breaking moment, and in that moment my security was shattered, my thoughts were consumed with the idea that I may never return home.
Through Saturday night, and Sunday we did our best to keep busy, as the weather worsened we kept watch on the storm, with baited breath every new update about the storm we wondered what was going on back home. As the storm made it through, and night turned to day, we felt tension lifting, news from family that had stayed behind that our homes stood their ground faithfully allowed us to breath a sigh of relife, coming home, climbing the stairs, and opening the front door was such an amazing feeling. Looking through my house - though without electric- I was able to see that minus a small leak we had made it through unharmed.
We were the lucky ones, we didn't have electric, but my parents (who live right across the street) did, so we stayed there for the next 5 days until the electric came back on. There were others who didn't fare so well, others lost their homes, and others still lost their lives. Even though our homes & lives were spared, it was a traumatic experience for all involved. I've heard from countless people who were overly tired, unable to focus, and some just an overall feeling of sadness.
3 Weeks later and I feel like things are FINALLY getting back to normal, stores are now getting steady streams of eggs, bread and milk again, all our evacuation supplies & momentos have been put back where they belong, I've finally gotten a decent nights sleep, and my house is feeling like home again. For our Florida friends and family, if you find yourself still feeling tired and worn down, allow yourself to rest, and allow yourself time to heal. We will come back from this, we wil be FLORIDA STRONG!
To help those affected by hurricane Irma, please consider donating to your favorite reliefe charity organizaion.
(And lets not forget to continue to pray for an support not only Florida, but also those affected by Harvey & Maria.)
100lbs to Disneyland-
In case you haven't heard, We are ending into week 3 (or is it week 4?) of our 100lbs to Disneyland Journey, Mama Dawn seems to be leading with an 10lb loss so far, I believe mama Carol is down 5lbs or so, and Mama April has seen her plane go back and forth a couple times, by getting off track a few times. But we're all still in the game. Mama April has her menu plan for the week prepared and is ready for the week, and is hoping to get back to the gym.
If you haven't seen our video, you may be wondering what the heck does "100lbs to Disneyland Mean"? - Well for us, it's the 3 of us (Mama Carol, Mama Dawn, & Me - Mama April) on a journey to lose 100lbs, with the end goal & reward being a trip to Disney Land! We have a map to mark our losses where every 5lbs lost we get to move our plane a little closer to the Original Happiest place on earth! If you want to follow along check out our 100lbs to Disneyland Introductions video, and stick with us as we check in, share some slimmed down Disney recipes, and share our love for the mouse!
Meal Prep - 6 Meals for $10.00
This weeks lunch is Teriyaki Chicken with Cauliflower Rice, Stir fry vegetables, and pork pot stickers. And it comes in at right under 200 calories! It's full of veggies!!